The Resident

5.31 h 31 min2011X-RayR
Juliet, has found the perfect New York apartment to start a new life after separating from her husband. It's got spacious rooms, and a handsome landlord. But there are secrets behind every wall as Juliet gets the feeling that she is not alone.
Antti Jokinen
Hilary SwankJeffrey Dean MorganChristopher Lee
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Lee Pace
Tobin ArmbrustCary BrokawAlexander Yves BrunnerVicki Dee RockGuy EastRenny HarlinTom LassallyJillian LongneckerSimon Oakes
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Ron BakerReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Misses the mark
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This is well made enough but fails to sell the terror it professes. The plot has only one note, creepy voyeurism. Once that is established (early on) there is nothing else. No twists, no turns. Nothing new throughout the film but what was established in the first 20 minutes, over and over, repetitiously. It is also a story that has been done to death.

After the first 20 minutes this just didn't entertain me on any level. Predictable, boring, routine, unimaginative.
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bruce wayneReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I tried to like this movie but it is a flop and could not finish it
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With JDM and Hillary Swank, I thought this would be a great movie. I watched 45 minutes and it was the longest 45 minutes of my life. No plot, no character development. And the scene where she was getting ready for bed....she got out of the shower, and the camera zoomed in on every single body part she applied lotion to. About 10 solid minutes of Swank putting lotion on her arms, zoomed in, then her boobs, zoomed in, then her ankles, zoomed in, then her thighs, zoomed in, then her stomach, zoomed in. Enough already, ok we get it, she likes to use lotion after her shower, but was it really necessary to spend so much camera time on each and every body part and her lotion application? I couldn't stay focused or stay awake so after 45 minutes, I had to throw this garbage in the trash.
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PeaBrain BubblybuttReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
There's no chemistry here whether they liked each other in real life or not...
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The only reason Hilary Swank starred in this, I wager, is she may have been tired of playing roles of tomboys, no nonsense career obsessed types, and not really making out with gorgeous co-stars. Plus she produced this. She's a better actress than Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder (yuck), and two dozen more. But c'mon, really? I suspect Mr. Morgan and Javier Bardem ARE the same person and absolutely irresistible, but it plays no part in my belief that Scarlett Johansson would have been far more stalker worthy than Swank here. This movie would have been easier to plod through had Christopher Lee been wearing fangs and a black cape...
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Monica Y. DennisReviewed in the United States on May 26, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
Missed Opportunity
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I am a JDM fan, therefore I feel it my duty to watch everything he has done. It took me a long time to watch this because I have a hard time buying Morgan as a stalker type and there were parts that were difficult to see. Even after watching, I still don't fully buy Morgan in this role the way I should, but I am glad I finally bit the bullet. Many people wrote that this was well-acted and well-shot. I agree. It's such a shame that they didn't take their time with this. Someone described Swank's character as one dimensional and it's true. I admire her loyalty to her relationship and even though it's hard to imagine turning down someone who appears to be as sweet and handsome as Morgan's character, Max, I did get it. Loyalty can really bind people. But there should have been more to show why she so easily went back to her cheating boyfriend. I mean it was easy to see how vulnerable she was, but there should have been some deeper discussion between them. It would have helped add some dimension to her character. The biggest missed opportunity was with Morgan's character and his grandfather. You got a superficial understanding about what messed up Max, but his behavior clearly has more behind it and it was left to the viewer to figure that out for themselves. You could see the grandfather had a lot under the surface that should have been explored more. I suppose the producers simply wanted us to be on the side of the victim, but how about giving me the full picture and leaving that up to me?
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Thom J.Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
a total lacking
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small minded, teenager-like display of sycophantic idiocy, lunacy and total asininity. Too predictable, lots of missing parts [eg. how the heck does a doctor go to sleep with eye shadow on when she didn't even work the late shift to have forgotten to wash it off? - check for the scene in the night when he was raping her]. Also how could a person who set up a camera in their house leave the computer screen not password protected and with the notifications of ADT blinking on the screen? Ohhh, so when the intruder comes he can see that she has been checking in on him? Really writer/producer/director? Check your accolades once more -- absolutely lacking in skills there. And there are lots more too. Whatever, total lack, total waste of time to watch. Idea of this film needed enrichment and some kind of class/quality to it. Punto finale
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A. Film LoverReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
I'm moving
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What a wretched little piece of trash this is and a complete waste of celluloid, although it probably wasn't shot on celluloid. Every cliche in the book is here and then repeated ad nauseam. You know what you're in for from almost the first shot, when we get to see a heart operation in sickening close-up - since it really has nothing to do with the film one would have to ask the director/writer - why? It devolves from there and as it plods along it just gets sillier and sillier, sometimes laugh-out-loud so. Ms. Swank plays her non-character okay, her leading man is a good actor who gets to be vile and weird for reasons we don't really know, other than his parents had a bad relationship that didn't end well. Poor Christopher Lee is around to look sinister and be a red herring for about ten minutes. Seeing the name Hammer on this was very sad. One review here said this is a remake of some Spanish movie. Perhaps I'll seek that out, if it's true, just to see if it's any better than this tripe.
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James C GirasaReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Missed Opportunity... Disappointing Second Half
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This review is for the Blu-Ray version of The Resident. My version is a combination Blu-Ray/DVD and comes in the larger size case. The disc is double sided with one version of the movie on each side.

I couldn't resist purchasing this movie, as I am a big fan of Hammer Horror. Obviously this movie along with the current crop of movies don't have much to do with the earlier version of the company, but nevertheless, I couldn't resist. I also purchased the other movies available with the 'Hammer' name attached to them.

PLOT/SUMMARY: The plot is simple enough. Juliet is a separated doctor looking for a nice apartment in New York City. After meeting the landlord of a building that she is looking to rent she decides to move in after he offers her below market rent. The landlord, Max, owns the building along with his elderly grandfather (Christopher Lee) who still lives in the building. It's been in the family for Max's whole life. After awhile some odd things in her life start happening and she suspects that possibly someone is watching her or is breaking into her apartment. She has a camera system put in and ultimately figures out what is going on.

-There is some legitimacy to the use of the 'Hammer' name since, arguably, one of the two biggest stars of the classic era of 'Hammer Horror Productions' is a co-star in this movie. Of course that is the legendary horror actor (along with other genre's), Christopher Lee. I don't even know why I say 'arguably.' I think this is pretty much a fact. Lee along with Peter Cushing were unquestionably the biggest stars of 'Hammer Horror Productions.' Lee doesn't do a whole lot in this movie but he does have a small part of some importance. It's not just a throwaway scene or a cameo appearance.
-The movie stars Hillary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (for me, his most memorable role was the star of the short lived series Magic City).
-I don't want to go into any details as it just serves to ruin the movie for anybody who might want to watch. The plot is very simple and it's briefly summarized just above. Ultimately, I didn't think the villain was believable. Something just didn't seem right. I'm not sure if it was the acting or something else. Even if the villain was bi-polar, his behavior just didn't seem believable.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Overall, I did not like this movie. It starts out well enough but goes down hill about half way through. The problem is that it just isn't believable.

I'm giving this movie 2 1/2 stars but I'll round it up to 3 stars since it has Christopher Lee and the 'Hammer' name.

Recommended for, obviously, fans of Hammer Horror Productions who want a complete collection.
Also recommended, obviously, for fans of any of the stars.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
She nailed it.....
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I don’t see this as a horror movie at all. It is primarily high on the creepy factor. Juliet (Swank) is looking for a new place to live, and finds this wonderful (and large) apartment at a very bargain price in an old building. The landlord, Max, seems very affable, and has his grandfather living with him (Christopher Lee). Well, it turns out she found the apartment not by accident, and things start to get creepy. Max doesn’t know how to handle rejection. He becomes obsessed with knowing everything he can about Juliet, and that includes spying. And when Juliet reconnects with her former boyfriend, things escalate with Max. The movie is not real special, just decently made setting up the atmosphere of the movie, and the roles are decently acted. It kept me interested to see how things would turn out, but no spoilers from me.
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